Episode 7 / Bertrand Picard A Good & Exciting Life
About our Guest /
According to Wikipedia, Bertrand Piccard is a Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist. This is something of an understatement.
Bertrand qualified did indeed qualify as a psychiatrist from the University of Lausanne. But he is best-known as an explorer, aviator and communicator.
He comes from a family of explorers – grandfather Auguste invented the pressurised balloon capsule was the first man to witness the curvature of the earth with his own eyes, setting the world altitude record 16,201 meters in 1932.
His father, Jacques Piccard, designed became the first man to dive 10,916 metres in a submarine to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, and also did a month-long, 3,000 km drift dive in the Gulf Stream. Bertrand made the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight in 1999, together with co-pilot Brian Jones.
He then made the first round-the-world flight in an electric plane in 2015 and 2016, sharing flight segments with André Borschberg. He now runs the Solar Impulse Foundation and the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions, which is in the process of certifying 1000 economically competitive and environmentally-friendly products and technologies which could be adopted by users right now.
I’m a proud member of the advisory board, and as of today, we have certified 652 solutions. Bertrand lives in Lausanne and like me, is a friend of Les Diablerets, a small village where his family holidayed and where he learned to ski.
Premiered / September 2, 2020
Guest Links /
Bertrand's website: Click here
Bertrand on Wikipedia: Click here
The story of the Solar Impulse round-the-world electric flight: Click here
Solar Impulse flight on Wikipedia: Click here
How to raise $170m for a crazy idea: Click here
Solar Impulse Foundation/World Alliance for Efficient Solutions: Click here
Breitling Orbiter on Wikipedia: Click here
The Greatest Adventure, book on the balloon circumnavigation by pilots Piccard and Jones: Click here
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